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Freediving and Mental Health: Series Finale

This has been incredible to write. So many people have come forward to me personally, inspired to share their stories. If this is so universal, why hasn’t anyone studied it? The truth is, scientists have, and they continue to do so. I will certainly bring to you another series, but in the meantime, if you…

Freediving and Mental Health: Part 4 of 5

OCD, addiction, depression, anxiety. Huge battles being fought behind closed doors. What would you do if you found a way out? As another close friend of mine says: We go out freediving to “Drown our Demons”. Some people lean on family, some on religion or a higher power. Others go to therapy. I’ve learned that…

Freediving and Mental Health: Part 3 of 5

Our last entry touched on how the Mammalian Dive Reflex (aka the Master Switch of Life) causes broad changes in the human body when the face is immersed. The mind and body are intimately connected. During my training as a therapist, I was taught to ask a patient to make a fake smile, two to…

Freediving and Mental Health: Part 2 of 5

I never imagined I’d be applying what I learned during my Master’s degree as a personal therapist to the aquatic realm. Now, I see it as my responsibility to those in anguish to share my passion for what I have gained from my underwater adventures. This next entry comes from universally acclaimed badass and my…

Freediving and Mental Health: Part 1 of 5

I’m kicking off this blog series with testimonies on the mental health benefits of freediving! Along the way, you’ll see photos that highlight the individual journeys of several people who are close to me in the sport, as well as myself. We all have discovered together that freediving is more of a lifestyle than an…